Obituaries

OBITUARY: Nao Takasugi

Former California state Assemblyman and Oxnard Mayor Nao Takasugi passed away from stroke-related complications on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009 at the St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard. He was 87. Takasugi, a Republican, spent six years in the California state Assembly, until his term limit expired in 1998. Prior to this, he had served […]

OBITUARY: Takanishi Tamae Tufts

TUFTS, TAMAE TAKANISHI, 68, passed away on November 11, 2009, surrounded by her daughters and grandchildren. Born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1940, she was an atomic bomb survivor and later attended The Sogetsu-ryu Academy School of Ikebana in Tokyo. Tamae (Tammy) was an avid gardener, loved to read, cook and sew. She was a devoted […]

OBITUARY: Joan Tamaye Suzuki

SUZUKI, JOAN TAMAYE, 86, passed away October 24, 2009 in Oakland, Calif. She was born on May 21, 1923 in Clovis, N.M. She was preceded in death by her husband Harry Isamu Suzuki, earlier this year. She was a much-beloved mother and grandmother, and is survived by her sisters Kyoko Matsuzaki and Ruby Kawabata, sons […]

OBITUARY: Masumi Sekino

SEKINO, MASUMI, 86, passed away at home on November 2, 2009 in San Francisco, Calif. She was preceded in death by her husband Tsutomu Tom Sekino. She is survived by her children Julie Sekino, David Sekino, Alan Sekino and Patti (Steven) Young, and granddaughter Courtney Young. No services will be held.

OBITUARY: Satoko Mary Okada

OKADA, SATOKO MARY, passed away peacefully on October 25, 2009 after a short stay in the hospital. She was born on March 7, 1926 and was a resident of San Francisco, Calif. Mary is survived by her husband Hiro Okada, sister-in-law Kaoru Igarashi, niece Patti Igarashi, and other nieces and nephews. A memorial service will […]

OBITUARY: ‘Mits’ Kojimoto

Mitsunobu “Mits” Kojimoto unexpectedly passed away in San Francisco on Oct. 25. He was 86. Kojimoto was born on Oct. 19, 1923, in San Francisco, to Kusujiro Kojimoto and Mitsu Nishitsuji Kojimoto. He graduated from Commerce High School, where he played varsity basketball. When Executive Order 9066 was issued during World War II, Kojimoto’s family […]

OBITUARY: Nick Glasgow

Nick Glasgow, a 28-year-old multiracial Nikkei whose battle with leukemia drew worldwide attention to the need for more stem-cell donors, died  in early October. A memorial service was held on Oct. 17 in Hayward, Calif. Defying tremendous odds, the Fremont man received a successful bone-marrow transplant at Stanford Hospital & Clinics in August, and was […]

OBITUARY: Kenji Nakatani

Kenji Nakatani, longtime owner of Osaka-ya, Sacramento’s popular Japanese sweets shop, died on Sept. 17 at the age of 80 from a rare form of cancer that attacks blood vessels. A veteran of the Korean War, Nakatani operated the manju-ya for 46 years. With his children at his bedside, he succumbed to a two-year battle […]

OBITUARY: Gina Hotta

Gina Hotta, host of the Apex Express show on Pacifica radio’s KPFA, passed away from a heart attack at the age of 56 on Sept. 28. The longtime community activist collapsed while attending a meeting of the University Professional and Technical Employees to discuss the week’s walkout protest at UC Berkeley, where she worked as […]

OBITUARY: Gina Hotta

Journalist,  writer, musician and  community  leader Gina Hotta passed away of a heart  attack  early Sept. 28. She was 56. Hotta was perhaps best known for her work as executive producer on the radio show Apex Express on Berkeley’s KPFA since 2001.  She won numerous  national  awards there, including  ones from the Asian American Journalist […]

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